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February 9th, 2011
06:57 PM ET

Empowered Patient: How to avoid errors at the pharmacy

When you pick up your prescriptions, how closely do you look at the label?  What happened to a Colorado woman may make you take a second look.  Mareena Silva of Fort Lupton  is six weeks pregnant, and last week went to a local grocery store to pick up an antibiotic her doctor prescribed.
According to a story by CNN affiliate KMGH in Denver, Silva says instead of giving her antibiotics, the pharmacist accidentally gave her methotrexate, a cancer drug that's also used to induce early abortions.  Now Silva  says she's worried she'll lose her baby.

On the Brain: Lonely hearts may become sick hearts
February 9th, 2011
04:37 PM ET

On the Brain: Lonely hearts may become sick hearts

In the run-up to Valentine's Day, some of you may be excited for romance, and others may be bitter about solitude. It's no fun feeling lonely, and now there's even more research to show that loneliness may be bad for your health.

Loneliness isn't about the number of people around you; it's a state of mind about feeling like you can't count on anyone in the uncertain, threatening world in which you live.

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February 9th, 2011
04:17 PM ET

Father of 3 needed to 'tri'

In the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge , six selected viewers will  participate in a six-month training program. Each will receive all the gear, training and nutritional support necessary to complete the race and will compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta on August 7 in the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

As a married father of three young girls, Joaquin Brignoni is a busy guy.

“We spend a lot of time in the dance studio with the girls,” he said. “Just about everything in my life is pink!”

But in the haze of pink tutus and tap shoes, Joaquin realized he was neglecting his own health.

“Racing around from one activity to another, fast food meals and no exercise have become my daily grind,” he said.

Adding to the situation, Joaquin recently lost his home-remodeling business to the recent economic downturn.

“My mental and physical health is in need of a major overhaul,” he said. “I started asking myself questions like will I be healthy when my children are older? What kind of example am I setting for my kids when it comes to healthy living?”

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Late nights, early mornings a 'ticking time bomb' for health
February 9th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Late nights, early mornings a 'ticking time bomb' for health

We all know that getting enough shut-eye is good for us, but now a new study suggests that getting too little sleep can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular disease that can result in early death.

Researchers found if you sleep less than six hours, or have disturbed sleep you have a 48% chance of developing or dying from heart disease, and a 15% chance of having or dying of a stroke.  The study, published in the European Heart Journal, is a meta-analysis of 15 other sleep studies.  A meta-anaylsis integrates a number of studies into one study. Researchers followed nearly 475,000 adults from eight countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, and Israel for seven to 25 years.

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Using clot buster for mild stroke could save millions
February 9th, 2011
01:11 PM ET

Using clot buster for mild stroke could save millions

Treating mild strokes with the blood-clot dissolving drug approved for severe strokes could save $200 million in annual disability costs and lower the number of patients left disabled after suffering strokes, a new study finds.

Strokes can be caused by a blood clot (ischemic) or a ruptured blood vessel (hemorrhagic) preventing proper blood and oxygen flow to the brain. The majority –about 87%– are ischemic, according to the American Stroke Association.

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February 9th, 2011
12:57 PM ET

Baby-boomer aims to check tri off bucket list

In the 2011 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge , six selected viewers will  participate in a six-month training program. Each will receive all the gear, training and nutritional support necessary to complete the race and will compete alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta on August 7 in the Nautica New York City Triathlon.

At 58, Nina Lovel considers herself to be pretty well adjusted.

“I'm just a plain ol' baby-boomer, circa 1952, 'raised-right', nurtured in the genteel South, loved and educated by fabulous parents who taught me to cross my legs at the ankles, chew with my mouth closed, and keep my elbows off the table,” she wrote to CNN.

But now that her kids are out of the house, and her parents are gone, Nina realized it was time to do something for her.

“The only way I am going to enjoy the 'freedom years' I’ve worked so hard to earn is to start taking care of my OWN self,” she said.

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Are you moving yet?
February 9th, 2011
10:37 AM ET

Are you moving yet?

A year after launching an effort to reduce childhood obesity called “Let’s Move!” first lady Michelle Obama is out promoting the nationwide efforts for healthier living and more active lifestyle this week.

Read Obama's blog post on The Chart

Walmart announced in partnership with the program that it will sell healthier, affordable products – reformulating foods to eliminate all trans-fats, reduce sodium in foods such as deli meats and salad dressing by 25 percent, and added sugars by 10 percent.

Late in 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was passed, giving the federal government greater authority to set nutritional standards for foods sold in vending machines and school. FULL POST


February 9th, 2011
08:45 AM ET

What should you do if your blood pressure skyrockets?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Wednesdays, it's Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer at the American Cancer Society.

Question asked by Nate of Irvine, California:

What should you do if your blood pressure skyrockets from 130 to 159 and switches constantly?

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